A chat with Rocket Lab’s CEO Peter Beck about Neutron, Electron recovery and Rocket Lab’s future!

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I had the pleasure of chatting with Rocket Lab’s Founder/CEO/CTO, Peter Beck about their upcoming Neutron rocket, recovering their Electron rocket and the future of Rocket Lab!

00:55 – What is Neutron / Why build it?
04:45 – What is Neutron made out of?
05:40 – Neutron’s re-entry
06:55 – Was Electron designed to be reusable?
07:45 – What fuel will Neutron use?
08:35 – What engines will Neutron use?
10:45 – Will Neutron use aerospikes?
14:00 – Electron recovery
14:40 – Electron changes / heatshield
16:55 – Engines surviving reentry
18:45 – When will helicopter recovery be used?
19:55 – How’s Electron holding up?
21:05 – Launch from Wallops / AFTS
24:15 – Neutron launching from Wallops only
25:00 – SSO from Wallops / dog-leg maneuver
25:45 – Where will you build Neutron?
29:30 – Have you practiced hovering?
31:50 – Aerodynamic control
32:05 – Expending Neutron
33:15 – Recovering second stage

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  1. JON R Wieszchowski


  2. Miroslav Milan

    Great interview! I love how genuine both were, not having to thread the needle but asking real questions and getting genuine answers.

  3. Marnix

    I can’t wait to see an update on their plans for the Neutron.

  4. TVChannel One

    Nice interview skillz Tim! Focused, good follow up questions.. etc
    Peter clearly knows his stuff too

  5. J R

    I absolutely adore Peter Beck.😍 I cannot wait until the launch from Wallops!! Hope it’s sooner rather than later.

  6. Vinsmoke_Sanji

    Peter makes me so proud to be Kiwi!! 🇳🇿

    quick note : no we don’t all have that thick of an accent… he’s probably from the South that’s why 😅

  7. FIFER

    Great interview as always Tim!

  8. Scorpio

    I could watch the two of you chat all day. Tim, you are SO GOOD AT THIS!

  9. damian gabriel

    Great interview !!

  10. Alden Doble

    $VACQ gang wya? 🔥

  11. Doug Menzies

    A man who started from humble beginnings, using old washing machine bits for home made rockets. Bit of number 8 wire ingenuity (the kiwi way) and Rocket Lab was formed. A company that treats every single one of its employees properly. Super proud to have been able to photograph each launch from L11 to now.

  12. Ben McBeth

    Met Peter and Electron at the Auckland Big Boys Toys show back in 2015, unfortunately I was only 12 with very little knowledge of rocketry and very few questions to ask, but still – awesome guy to talk to! Go RKLB!

  13. Sailing on a Summer Breez

    Very cool….such a relatable guy! Nice interview Tim!

  14. Gordon Chin

    $500 Wow I can’t believe Peter Beck was able to get Tim Dodd for an interview!

  15. Stuart Brown

    Fabulous interview
    Really enjoyed it
    Thanks Tim & Peter
    Kind regards
    Stuart in Ireland

  16. Brian Peace

    This is so exciting! I love these interviews. And I love learning about Rocket Lab:)

  17. Cormac Quaid

    Tim @ Home!! Wonders will never cease!

  18. lockstocknl

    Tim really is the gold standard when it comes to spaceflight related videos

  19. Dorian Bural

    Great interview Tim, and thanks for your time Peter. These EA interviews are probably my favorite. You always push Peter with some specific questions and I can’t thank you enough. I’ve learned a lot, and you two really peak my curiosity. Great job on Electron, and good luck on Neutron!

  20. 1200Nickman

    Tim is back. Such a nice down to earth intervju. Loved it.

  21. EritoKaio

    Loved this, thank you Tim and Peter!

  22. Nicolae Crefelean

    Awesome interview! :D

  23. Dominik A.

    You two should make a podcast!
    So pleasant and relaxing, to listen you two talking about rocket-science :D

  24. Frank Sharkany

    Excellent interview. Thanks to the both of you from someone in Aerospace.

  25. Jorge Dighero

    Excellent job with the interview Tim, I think you are definitely on your way to becoming the “Walter Cronkite” of Space News. I’m a big fan of your work. I work in the media industry on the tech side and I “do” understand the massive work that everything you do takes. All the success to you and your team.

  26. Bill Todd

    “No! That’s why I had to eat a hat” LoL wonderful Peter 8-)

  27. Senor Bentina

    “don’t worry, this is just nerd talk now”

    Me: “that’s… why i’m here”

  28. John Whitehouse

    What an awesome interview, your repour with Peter Beck is great :-)

  29. Christoph Diegelmann

    “never say never … I learned that the hard way” …. more like the hat way :D

  30. m z

    Great interview Tim!

  31. Pascal Wiery

    oh thank god, peter finally has a good microphone!
    Havent watched yet, but im sure this will be as good as all your other interviews!

    edit: yeah, just as good as i imagined^^ Good job Tim

  32. Joanne Hart

    Peter Beck is such an amazing guy! I’ve loved every interview I’ve seen with him, and this interview sets a new high point.

  33. RotarySMP

    That was a good interview. You were well prepared and your questions were excellent.

  34. DDView

    Outstanding interview Tim. You have a gift, and what a great subject. Peter is really cool dude with a vision like someone else we all know.. Bravo

  35. Vlad Gritsevskiy

    Thanks, Tim! Videos like this one is the best part of your work! I bet they will be a “classic” one day

  36. Morten Vajhøj

    They already have a name for when electron flies

    I think the first neutron launch should be called “as long as it doesnt blow up”

  37. MsTangoXray

    Awesome interview!

  38. foxladdesign

    Great work dude, really interesting interview.

  39. Jan Fulton

    Great interview!

  40. Giulio La Macchia

    Thank you for this interview Tim, you create contents of another world 👏🏻👏🏻

  41. dire saint

    Pretty awesome. Nice work Tim and thank you Peter.

  42. MuffinMan

    Thanks for this interview! This is awesome :)

  43. Andrew R.


  44. Fynn Petersen

    Great Interview!
    Greetings from Germany.

  45. Trishay Kaul

    I was just having another boring day until Tim came along. Thanks Tim for making my day great!

  46. Frederick Stirnkorb

    There’s a bunch of engineers in northern Virginia in the outskirts of DC also in Huntsville Alabama. I’m pretty sure they would have no problem finding talent.

  47. Here's to life!

    Thanks Tim and Peter for a great interview!

  48. Chris Wall

    Love this interview Tim, very well made!

    …if possible could you do the same for some up and coming launch providers from outside the USA, I know we have a couple here in the UK and many more across Europe. I am sure they would love the publicity that would come from a soon 1M channel :)

  49. Kennedy space11

    I was so shocked to see tim Dodd in my notifications usually it is Scott Manley, mkbhd, Ben sullins etc

  50. Sean Tyler

    Great interview!

  51. RarestAce

    This was a great interview and I love how you actually ask real questions unlike most others that do interviews. It’s really awesome to see how much progress you’ve made since the early days of EDA. You are truly respected by the giants in this industry like Musk, Beck, Bruno, and Bridenstein it’s just great to see and I hope even bigger things happen for you in the future.

  52. helder batalha

    Nice one Tim it’s good to see that you are more than just a spacex fan

  53. Aksh x

    Finally!!! Thanks a lot Tim, also can’t wait for the starship oneeeee

  54. space guy 9 32

    @Everyday Astronaut Finally a video!!!!!

  55. Arno De Pauw

    Good interview Tim!

  56. Caleb Chramow

    Beck: “The fewer engines the better.”
    Starship Booster: “👀”

  57. Juan Pablo Gómez García

    Nice to have videos like this again!

  58. Adam Katolik

    “Maybe there is something in the middle “ I heard enough!, hehehe

  59. Nagarjun Kashyap

    I’m sure Peter would never consider expending a neutron stage one because you can fly the same payload on falcon 9 for a lot, lot cheaper.

  60. This is funny. xD

    when u said on twitter yesterday there would be a video today i was so hyped for the belly flop video..

  61. Katharine Osborne

    ‘Just nerd talk’ yes that is what I am here for.

  62. Tyyberius

    Tim “Cronkite” Dodd, my man! You have become the pre-eminent leader in spaceflight reporting and news! So happy for ya man! Been watching since the Russian flight suit days! Keep it up, my dude!

  63. Cyclone Inc.

    Yay! A New Video! (I would always have to re-watch them haha!) Let’s see how this one goes!

  64. basbekjenl

    Love rocket lab, keep up the amazing work launching rockets big and bigger hopefully. We’ll be rooting from the sidelines.

  65. Bjarne S.

    Great Interview, can you make a video about Launch Termination Systems?

  66. Jeff Sadowski

    Awesome interview. :-)

  67. Valentin

    The quality of the interview is 👍👌
    The sound and the video is perfect, good job on that.
    Like always great interview and I love that you don’t focus on your script for the questions. Thanks

  68. LEmOn LiMe

    I don’t know what to comment. Hehe. Lol

  69. Kim Påfvelsson

    Heey! Awesome to see a video from you again

  70. Anunay Sinha

    amazing stuff, can’t wait for Neutron

  71. Marcin Marcin


  72. Brett Van den Burg

    Jeff Bezos and his burner account are the only 2 who gave this a thumbs down

  73. Alex M

    Applying for an internship at Rocket Lab, hopefully I get the job🤞

  74. Cristian Muscalu

    Wish you all a good day and stay safe!

  75. Cameron Fortin

    This feels like the first video in a really long time

  76. Bo Briscione

    This is awesome!

  77. Isaac Madsen - TDA

    Make sure you guys get a Patreon for Tim!

  78. Luigi Daniel VELAZCO SALC

    Finally a video, it was a long time since the last interview with someone. Also congrats Tim for you MARS studio B

  79. gareth procter


  80. DerMax_HD

    love it! two awesome people meeting up talking about really cool interesting stuff!

  81. Wietse Pruijmpie

    Woooohoooo! This is cool!!!!!

  82. J. T.

    Holy Smokes what a video to stumble upon.

  83. Zachary vidyasagar

    From flight suit to legit interviewer. Love seeing your journey

  84. Julius Mason

    Those are awesome models you have in the back there. Where do you get them from?

  85. Alex Bartle

    Peter seems like a really nice guy. He has genuine passion for what he does. Which other CEO has eaten a hat? That’s dedication.

  86. EmeraldIV

    wow i love it!

  87. Chiari Charlie

    Good to see you Tim, thanks.

  88. Lewis Massie

    Been waiting for this ever since the announcement

  89. X3 Aerospace

    Finally, a new video. YESSSSSS!!!

  90. Mr. Goh


  91. jull1234

    I love it. Thanks for sharing your access to this cool information stream!

  92. Thomas

    Eager to see rocket lab recovering their booster!

  93. MrTrueshoe

    Nice to see you release a video! Love this stuff!

  94. Freedom Space Angency


  95. Evan Singleton

    I’m a huge fan and I’m into aerospace because of you!

  96. Lego Bob The Builder

    Kind of insane how far you have come, good job and thanks for all the coverage

  97. mirko Beurier

    First video in a while 😂😂😂😂

  98. Luke Prail


  99. Felix's Space Time

    Great Video Tim!!

  100. ENCRYPT3D


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